Jimmie Johnson finishes 12th in first Chase race

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Martin Truex Jr.'s?tire became completely unraveled, and that left him a lap down, but he took the lead at the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup for the first time in his career. So there's a lot of weird stuff going on there with that machine, and it's a little bit frustrating, for sure. I feel like we did a good job controlling the things that we could control today. We got more races to win.

Jones passed Elliott Sadler with nine laps to go and held off Kyle Larson to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, allowing Ryan Sieg and Blake Koch to claim the final two spots in the Chase for the championship.

"That decision (to stay out) wasn't hard at all", Blaney said. How are we going to overcome it?' Truex said. "Actually, I'd probably look at the 78 auto for having the most raw speed here as of late. You don't give up; you just keep digging". Logano followed him through for second. "Brought a very fast race auto, one that was capable of running top-three for sure".

"When the caution came out, Cole said, 'Now what do we do?' " Truex said.

While Elliott wondered what could have been, Truex was celebrating his second win in the last three weeks.

"I mean that is part of life man", Elliott said.

Sixteen drivers - winners of the first 26 races and the next-highest in points - are eligible to win the title.

"We just haven't been very consistent and haven't really gotten the finishes for just all kinds of different reasons, which is good and bad", Kenseth said. While running second, Truex's right-front tire shredded, forcing him to pit road under green flag conditions.

Additionally, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola were each missing a single lug nut when their auto was inspected by NASCAR officials on pit road after the event. "Just the mistake there at the end on that last segment on pit road".

Harvick, on the other hand, was trapped a lap down.

Peters qualified for the Chase by finishing eighth despite hitting the wall and having a right-front tire go down on the 67th lap. Flew up through the field quickly, but got a lap after a caution.

Soon after getting back on the lead lap, Truex made contact with another caution, causing damage to his auto that resulted in a tire rub.

That was just the first 125 laps.

Johnson talked, but he looked like he'd just taken a huge swig of spoiled milk. With 266 laps led Johnson is on pace for a career low; in 2005 he led 547 laps.

While Truex celebrated, several drivers opened the Chase without the racing luck they would have wanted.

BABY ALERT: Regan Smith, who is not in the Chase, returned to North Carolina with his wife in labor. Pole qualifying was cancelled on Friday.

It took Kyle Larson four seasons and 99 starts to finally win a Sprint Cup race and since doing so at MI three weeks ago, he's gone on to finish third at Darlington and was runner-up last week at Richmond.

That's because, statistically speaking, the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is suffering through his least productive season at NASCAR's highest level-ever.

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